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Dark Horse Dark Corner Ale (2007)

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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We are very pleased to introduce the first annual Dark Corner Ale. This is a collaboration beer designed and brewed by Dark Horse Owner/Brewer Aaron Morse and Corner Brewery/Arbor Brewing Company Owner/Brewer Matt Greff. Both brewers will travel to the other’s brewery to brew the beer.
Red caps were brewed and bottled by Arbor Brewing and black caps were brewed and bottled by Dark Horse


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Black cap......nice brown pour with a generous head. slight malt and warm aroma. A very nice slight nutty, toffee and slight hop flavor. Very drinkable. Thank good I live in a state where we have some of the best brewers and they could come up with a colaberation like this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Black cap bottle thanks to jgd0608, thanks man! Pours a deep, muddled amber-brown color with a moderate off-white head that slowly faded to a thick layer and left a little lacing. Aroma of chocolate, some light roast, a hint of nuts, and some light hoppiness layered beneath. Smooth, lightly sweet entry with some hints of chocolate and some caramel, toasted malt, and light toffee that finishes with some soft roast and a faint hint of hops on the finish with some light coffee undertones. Moderate carbonation, smooth on the palate with a little bite. Solid brown ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2009
9/26/2007 and 1/28/2008: Dark Corner Ale (black cap) pours out in a thick stream of dirty, opaque amber-brown liquid. Wow, this stuff is thick! The bubbles are held back by the heavy liquid and then create a delayed mushroom cloud that allow some bubbles to actually break the surface to create a thin, fleeting tan-colored crown! The earthy aroma contains toasted/roasted malt, coffee tending towards chocolate, and finally some hops buried deep down in there. The flavor is like coffee beans (finely ground) along with a deep fruity caramel maltiness followed up by a roasty, black coffee-like finish. There is also a bit of alcohol that seeps out in the finish. The body is medium-full and is mostly smooth, slightly sticky on the palate. My overall impression is that this is a good, solid beer.

12 fl. oz. bottles shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #55 for this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Bottle black cap Fall 2007. Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt and hoppy aroma. Medium body. Solid balanced toasted flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good complex brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Dark brown pour, much darker than expected, light head. Some sweet malt, nut, slight red fruit in the nose. Flavor very similar, good amount of fine carbonation, a bit light bodied. Very smooth and drinkable. Reminded me of a schwarzbier more than a brown ale. This was the black capped version.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11074) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 12, 2008
12 oz. bottle from the Beer Geek (black cap). Red tinged amber color with almost no head. Interesting aroma that resembles cola, or roasted caramel. Good smell; a bit vinous. Medium body with mild creamy carbonation. Flavor is malt, fruit, treacle, and a hint of coffee? Finish is neither dry nor sweet. The residual is reminiscent of a molasses flavored hard candy, but not all that sugary. Really pretty good drink.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPAaLLtHEwAY (142) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Lightly hazy amber body with a small beige head. Rich, malty nose with toffee, vanilla, vienna malts and grapes. The flavor is lightly sweet, moderately bitter with nuts, raisins, plums, berry and caramel. Medium/full body is soft with light carbonation and a drying finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wmubronco1992 (617) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Bottle - black cap. Picked up at Wacky’s party store next to the brewery. Hazy brown color. Small tan head. No lacing. A bit of a coffee aroma. Tastes of molasses, caramel, and brown sugar. Flavors continue to come out as it warms. Dry finish. Good brown beer mouth feel. Overall enjoyed this, but agree it is thinner then most of the Dark Horse beers. Sin City is the first thing I thought of when I saw the label.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Tasted 5/10/08. 12oz bottle. Black Cap. Strong nose from a distance. Hazy brown with a slight bone white head. Aromas of dark fruit and toffee. Figgy and caramel nose. Big nose! Full bodied with big malts. Sticky body with a good dose of alcohol. Nutty and dried fruit flavors. Spicy. Warming with a good palate. Malty with fruity estery undertones. Sticky finish with mild slight hops. Maybe a touch resinous to add to the stickiness. Subtle flavors of pepper caramel and toffee. Mild vanilla note. Touch woody note. Ever so slight citrus hits the palate. A lot of flavor profiles but none of them are overt. But they are all blended wonderfully. Tart with a great complexity. Love the labeling to boot.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2008
From my backlog. Sampled this right after the red cap version which was aweful. Well, this one’s not much better, but you can tell the quality is a little higher. Lively carbonation and a slight sour character leave me thinking this may be a little infected. Light and sweet malt backbone balanced by a piney hop profile. A little bit of candied fruit underneath, but the whole beer is a bit off and out of sync. A bit thin and not enough nuttiness for what I would expect.


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